Covid Vaccination Programme

AstraZeneca Vaccine Concerns

We know that patients continue to be concerned around the press coverage regarding the risk of blood clotting associated with the Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccination.

We are watching developments and want to reassure patients that we have confidence that there is no link between the vaccine and clots and that various countries have suspended the use of the vaccine simply whilst investigations are made and that this is entirely precautionary.

Notwithstanding this, our understanding is that the investigations surround a specific batch number and that no vaccines of this batch number were ever distributed to the UK.

It's important also to keep the numbers in perspective - and the BBC article linked below sets out the facts.

We cannot, unfortunately, give patients the option of which vaccine they receive and deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine are currently few and far between and almost entirely being used for patients who received their first dose of the vaccine in December.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the UK government are investigating but at the moment stress that there is no evidence of any link.

We will keep you updated.

BBC News Article

Update 13th April 2021

As of 13th April, all over 45's are able to book into one of the mass vaccination centres via the National Booking System.
 
Locally, we are now opening clinics at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath for the over 45's. If you would prefer to take this option, rather than travel please await a text message from us in the next 24-48 hours. If we do not have your mobile number or you have not consented that we contact you by text, we will call your home number to arrange the appointment.

A) If you have received a letter informing you that you are now classified in the 'Covid Shielding Group', please follow this link

B) We are pleased to say that we have offered and vaccinated over 96% of our patients in Cohorts 1-4. For Lindfield we have vaccinated 2880 of our eligible patients in Cohorts 1-5. Out of this 96% were vaccinated at Clair Hall, 2% at Mass Vaccination sites and 2% in the hospital.
We are now inviting patients in Cohorts 6 (16-65 with underlying medical conditions), Cohorts 7 (60 years +), Cohort 8 (55 years +) and Cohort 9 (50 years +). As before you do not need to call the surgery we will be in touch with you. If you fall into Cohorts 1-6 and have not heard from us, or your circumstances have now changed and you would like to take up a previously offered vaccine please do contact us at the surgery (preferably by email).

C) SECOND DOSES – we are pleased to advise that the booking of second doses for Clair Hall patients has begun. You will get a text message from AccuRx booking system for you to click and this will take you to the booking system. At present we are booking the second dose for patients that were vaccinated on 29/30/31 December – these clinics will be on 18/19 March. If you had your first dose after this date, your invite will be coming shortly, so please sit tight, and we politely ask that you don’t contact the surgery about this.

You will be aware that that the Government has issued instructions on what the priority groups are for vaccination. These are often referred to as 'Cohorts'. We thought it might be useful to publish here in full what these priority groups (cohorts) are, as defined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). We are planning our vaccination clinics on the basis of these guidelines. We have highlighted in blue where we currently are within the vaccination programme.

Priority Group Risk Group
1

Residents in a care home for older adults
Staff working in care homes for older adults

2

All those 80 years of age and over
Frontline health and social care workers

3 All those 75 years of age and over
4

All those 70 years of age and over
Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)

5 All those 65 years of age and over
6 Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group
7 All those 60 years of age and over
8 All those 55 years of age and over
9 All those 50 years of age and over
10 All those 45 years of age and over

 

The Priority Group 6 include patients with the following conditions (awaiting up and coming Government update).

Chronic respiratory disease

Chronic heart disease and vascular disease

Chronic kidney disease

Chronic liver disease

Chronic neurological disease

Diabetes mellitus

Immunosuppression

Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen

Morbid obesity

Severe mental illness

Adult carers

Younger adults in long-stay nursing and residential care settings

You can read the full guidance by downloading the full Government paper

Questions about where to get your vaccine

We are aware that some media coverage and contact methods have led to some confusion about the different routes to how to get a vaccine.

There are 3 ways in which you maybe offered a vaccine.

1) If you are under a hospital for ongoing care, they may contact you to offer a vaccination at the hospital.

2) As one of our patients, you will be offered a vaccine as part of the local vaccination program we are running at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath. We will contact you either by text message or phone call. We expect to have enough vaccine deliveries to enable us to vaccinate all eligible over 70's and shielding patients by the 15th February.

3) You may also get an NHS letter inviting you to book online, or via 119 into the mass vaccination sites. For our patients the options are Brighton, Crawley or Epsom.

You are fully entitled to except any of the options offered.

Please note that you will always go back to the site of your first vaccination to receive your second. For example, if you are vaccinated at one of the mass vaccination sites, then that is where you will have to go to receive your second jab.

We kindly request that you do not phone the surgery about the vaccination, but instead look at our website where there is further information.

 

We are working in collaboration with the other practices in Haywards Heath to deliver this vaccination programme at scale and as efficiently as possible, whilst still being able to look after our patients in our GP surgeries.

Vaccinations clinics will be held at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath, but mobile teams will be sent to administer the vaccine within the twenty Care Homes we are covering.

You can find more information at the following NHS website

https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/

 

Clair Hall - Location Details

https://goo.gl/maps/q6cbZawjHZuwWr5w8

How will you get an appointment?

As soon as we have a vaccine to offer you, we will be in touch to arrange an appointment.

We are using two methods to contact patients

  • If we have your mobile telephone number, you will be sent your appointment straight to your phone where you will need to book-in to confirm your attendance.
  • If you have not provided us with a mobile telephone number, then a member of staff will call you on your landline.

If you do not think we have your mobile telephone number and would prefer to be contacted in this way, please contact us with your details using any of the options below.

  1. Using the Text Reminder Form below

    https://www.lindfieldmedicalcentre.co.uk/sms-reminder-form/

  2. Email us your Name, Mobile Telephone Number, Date of Birth and Email Address

    wsxccg.lindfield.reception@nhs.net

  3. Call the Surgery and speak to a member of staff who will take your details.

    01444 484056

Please do not worry if you do not have a mobile telephone, you will still be contacted by our staff using your landline number.

 

The Doctors and Staff are working hard to get the vaccine rolled out as quickly as possible. The constraint so far has been the supply of vaccines to us, but we hope this will change over the next two weeks.